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, the nra sent out a statement about a half hour ago on the website, saying attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy. gun sales have skyrocketed nationwide since this discussion began. in fact, a show at the cow palace this weekend had record- breaking attendance. in the newsroom, anne makovec, cbs 5. >> anne, thank you. >>> we have some developing news out of algeria right now, where an al-qaeda-linked militant group is holding dozens hostage and they claim to have seven americans as well. the so-called masked brigade attacked a natural gas facility in amenas, near the algeria border. two people were killed in the attack. secretary of state hillary clinton is talking to algeria's prime minister about the situation. the attack is reportedly revenge for algeria's support of france's operation in northern mali. algeria allowed french jets to use its air space in
. i expect everyone else, too. >> reporter: the nra executive violent wayne lapierre is representing gun owners at the hearing. >> background checks will never be universal because criminals will never submit to them. >> reporter: while gun control is getting new attention here on capitol hill, getting laws passed is an uphill battle. republicans and democrats are strong gun rights supporters. >> the 1994 assault weapons ban did not stop columbine. the justice department found the ban ineffective. >> reporter: dianne feinstein introduced an assault weapons ban. charles schumer is behind the bill but is not optimistic it will pass. >> you cannot have month after month after month these shootings. >> reporter: hundreds of people packed the room for today's hearing. on capitol hill, danielle nottingham, cbs 5. >>> got a little company now. it's time for weather and boy, what a great week we have had. >> and good company i would say. >> i wouldn't go that far. [ laughter ] >> okay. at least you have somebody to sit with you. folks,
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